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GALVEZ: We cannot afford to engage in finger-pointing or buck-passing at this crucial stage

The Philippine government is determined to acquire safe and effective vaccines for all Filipinos, regardless of brand or their country of origin

Statement of National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on the negotiation with Pfizer

The Philippine government is determined to acquire safe and effective vaccines for all Filipinos, regardless of brand or their country of origin.

With this as our guiding principle, it is our duty as public servants to carefully study and evaluate all documents relative to the procurement and acquisition of candidate vaccines, especially when the public’s health and safety are at stake. As we take responsibility for our actions, we cannot afford to engage in finger-pointing or buck-passing at this crucial stage. These kinds of discussions are unproductive and will only distract us from carrying out our crucial mandate.

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